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Interior Authors recognize local writing

July 11, 2016 2:18 P.M.
Janet Miller receiving the Kamloops theme writing award from Robert Schemenauer. (Elma Schemenauer)

Janet Miller of Kamloops and Virginia Laveau of Barriere received the first-ever Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards at the Interior Authors Group summer social held at Chartwell Ridgepointe over the weekend.

Miller won in the category of writing with a Kamloops theme. 

“Her poem, simply titled Kamloops, captures the essence of our beautiful city in 100 words that strongly appeal to readers' senses and emotions,” noted Elma Schemenauer, a local author.

The poem was written in the "1-10, 10-1" form she learned while attending a Kamloops Library workshop led by its creator, author Richard Wagamese.

Laveau won in the nature category. Her article, Contemplations of a Mule Deer, movingly depicts the life, forested mountain home and last days of a mule deer injured while trying to protect her fawns from a cougar.

Both the Kamloops and nature theme awards brought cash prizes and certificates for the winners. Accompanying each award is a cash donation to the IAG to support its growth and educational activities. The yearly deadline for submissions is March 21. Each award will be issued annually to a member in good standing of the IAG. There is no fee to enter.

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